LA CaTS Center Mission & the Vision of Community Engagement & Outreach

The vision of the Louisiana Clinical & Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center’s Community Engagement and Outreach Resource (CEOR) is to enhance clinical and translational research efforts to address chronic disease burden and reduce disparities by facilitating meaningful community involvement in LA CaTS research at all stages.

Our work includes involving the community in identifying areas of research focus and in developing research projects, working with investigators to initiate and implement research trials using approaches that are acceptable to the community, and enhancing recruitment to the trials.

The CEOR’s vision is central to the mission of the LA CaTS Center, which is to “encourage, support, and expand clinical and translational research through partnerships both among researchers and with the people we serve”.


Featured Community Advisory Board Member

Myra L. Collins, LPN

Myra Collins is the Executive Director at Oakwood Village Assisted Living Facility. Her specialty areas are community outreach, resource development, program management, and public relations. Formerly, she was the Director of Business Development/Site Manager of CareSouth, Medical & Dental. Prior to this position, she was the Business Development and Community Outreach Specialist for the Baton Rouge General. During her time there she was a key contributor to the increase in medical, senior, and community outreach initiatives, resulting in greater visibility, programming, and recruitment for the Baton Rouge General.

In addition, Ms. Collins has an extensive background in a variety of healthcare roles including Earl K. Long Hospital nurse, Medicaid Prior-Authorization Nurse at Unisys Corporation, and Physician Liaison at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. She was appointed by Governor Jindal to the State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners in 2009 and again in 2017 by Governor John Bel Edwards. She was elected chairman and presently serves as Administrative Hearing Officer directing all regulatory and disciplinary matters. Ms. Collins’ history of volunteerism includes numerous community organizations such as the American Heart Association, Together Baton Rouge, MDA, Mid-City Merchants Board, and AARP Advisory Transportation Committee.